Global Backpack Project

Global Backpack Project's mission is to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
Oct 7, 2014

The School Year is in Full Swing


Fall is here and school is in full swing. More than 48,000 students are enrolled in Portland's Public Schools; 4,200 of whom are kindergarteners, the class of 2027, the next generation. It's so important that these kids feel prepared as they began their educational journey. That's where we try and help. In Multnomah County, 23% of children under 18 live in poverty. Families and children face numerous hardships and lack many essentials. Providing a backpack with school supplies can be a bright light in what can sometimes be a dark place. With your generous support, we delivered more than 600 backpacks and school supplies to vulnerable and homeless children in our community this past September. With the help of our partners, Neighborhood House, Portland Family Homeless Solutions, New Avenues for Youth, and Second Step Housing, kids started the 2014-2015 school year equipped for a successul year. 

Here is what our partners and families had to say:

"[The backpacks] are amazing!! Thank you so much for bringing them by. Our youth are going to love them!" 

"Having a backpack and the correct school supplies are such an important part of the first day of school, and your donation helped start the children in our program off on the right foot."

"Thank you so much for all the help, you have no idea how this helps."

We provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need year-round. Thank you for helping us to make this possible. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child. 

Aug 4, 2014

The State of Education in Uganda

Spelling Bee Uganda
Spelling Bee Uganda

Thank you for your continued support of girls and boys at the Bwetyaaba Primary School. It is making an indelible difference in the life of hundreds of children eager to learn.  

A 2013 report published by the World Bank indicated that "Uganda has made strong progress on poverty reduction, school enrollment and child survival, but the quality of health and education services has not kept pace.

Some of the challenges schools are facing include teacher absenteeism, lack of basic infrastructure, and limited access to textbooks. Only 40% of primary classrooms had teachers present - this is in part due to teachers not being paid and taking on other employment to make ends meet. Computers are practically non-existent in the classroom and many schools lack access to viable electricity. Textbooks are also missing in the classrooms, roughly "14% of Primary 4 classes surveyed used textbooks during English and Mathematics classes."

Despite the challenges, children are eager to attend school and learn. In an article published by the BBC News titled Tackling Uganda's lack of school places, "...There's no shortage of energy or ambition among the children. In spartan classrooms, they describe what they want for their future. There are would-be doctors, lawyers and engineers.

There are many efforts being launched to promote and support education in Uganda. Recently, through a partnership between USAID-Uganda, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and Peace Corps Uganda, the first ever Language Spelling Bee competition was introduced in "6 different languages in districts throughout the country." All primary schools were invited to participate. A great way to get communities involved in boosting education! 

We look forward to sharing more information about our project as well as the latest on education in Uganda. 

And be sure to check out our upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Backpack Run, benefiting homeless and vulnerable children by providing backpacks and school supplies. 

Backpack Run 2013
Backpack Run 2013
Jun 25, 2014

Help children start school on the right foot.

Backpack Run
Backpack Run

Greeting from Global Backpack Project.

Summertime is here! What are your plans for these next few months? Here at Global Backpack Project we are busy planning our third annual Backpack Run which will take place on August 17th at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon. Through the Backpack Run, we seek to engage, inspire, and have fun! This community event benefits homeless and vulnerable girls and boys by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the tools they need to succeed.

With a new location this year, we are pleased to offer a timed 5K run/walk event as well as a 1 mile kids challenge and a 1/2 mile kids dash. Enjoy music, activities for the kids, and food and drinks - fun for the whole family!  More information and complete event details are available by visiting the GBP website.


Where: Cook Park, Tigard
When: Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Who: All are welcome! Run or walk at your own pace to put a smile on a child’s face.
Why: To help kids start school on the right foot. To deliver new backpacks and supplies to at-risk children and youth.

7:30am Packet pick-up
9:00am 5K Timed Run/Walk
10:00am One Mile Kids Challenge
10:20am 1/2 Mile Kids Dash
10:30am Prizes and Awards

Music, face painting, food and drinks, beautiful wooded race route.

$25 – Early bird rate through July 15, 2014
$30 – July 16 through August 16th at 11:59pm

$18 - Through August 16th at 11:59pm

First 300 5K registrants will receive a canvas tote bag. Please register early.

1 Mile and ½ Mile participants will receive a race t-shirt (youth size) on race day.


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